Ms. Shields

Hello! My name is Ms. Shields.
8th Grade ELA


Welcome back!  I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable summer vacation. I also hope that, like me, you are both eager and prepared for a challenging EL(yay) class!  😊  

Some of the skills we will be focusing on this year are:  close reading, creating evidence-based claims and arguments, research, vocabulary, and critical thinking. You will hone your reading skills by reading both fiction and nonfiction texts of my choosing and yours.  You will also be authoring a variety of writing pieces designed to demonstrate your understanding and of course, highlight your writing abilities.

As I’m sure you would agree, for this school year to be a successful one for all, our classroom needs to be a place where expectations for effort and classroom conduct are high. When you do your best to follow the responsibilities and rights outlined below, you positively impact your own learning and that of your classmates. This is what it means to be the change.

 A) Responsibilities:

 1)  Be on Time. This means being in your seat when the bell rings. You must also be on time with assignments. If you are absent from class for any reason, it is your responsibility to obtain all missed assignments.

2) Be Prepared.  Upon entering the classroom check the board for instructions.  When the bell rings, you must be quietly seated at your assigned desk working on the day’s “Do Now” assignment.  Being prepared also means having all of the necessary materials (books, handouts, homework, writing utensil, etc.) in class with you each day.  Borrowing from a classmate can be disruptive.

3) Be Respectful. This means respecting your peers and any adult in the classroom.  Inappropriate verbal comments and/or physical behavior will not be tolerated.  Do not leave your seat for any reason unless you are given permission.  This also means that when the end of class bell rings, you must wait until I dismiss you before you pack up your materials and exit the room.  In addition, cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off and placed out of sight.

4) Be AWESOMECome to class ready to learn each day. Ask questions.  Challenge yourself and your thinking.  Be a resource to others. Lend a helping hand. Be positive. This year will be what you make it – make it awesome! 😊

B) Rights:

  1. You have the right to clear expectations and instructions for assignments.
  2. You have the right to make mistakes and not master everything the first time.
  3. You have the right to receive meaningful, specific, and timely feedback on assignments.
  4. You have the right to ask questions and ask for clarification.
  5. You have the right to receive help.


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